Brookhaven Early Learning Collaborative

The Brookhaven Early Learning Collaborative has three sites: Mamie Martin Elementary School, Richardson Head Start, and New Zion Head Start. It has served 140 four-year-olds since its founding in 2022.

Number of Classrooms in ELC


Students Served in 2022-2023


Number of Sites in ELC


“The collaborative has brought a unified focus on the value of early learning to our community and has provided the resources necessary to prepare Brookhaven’s children for kindergarten.”

— Dr. Danny Rushing, Deputy Superintendent of Brookhaven School District

Do you have a four-year-old
in Brookhaven or Lincoln County?

Enroll them in the Brookhaven Early Learning Collaborative.

Want to receive an individual
tax credit?

Learn how to get a tax credit and support the
Brookhaven Early Learning Collaborative.

About Early Learning Collaboratives

Early learning collaboratives (ELCs) are comprised of school districts, local Head Starts, child care centers, and/or private or parochial schools. Collaboratives offer a high-quality, low- or no-cost pre-K option to families in Mississippi. ELCs are funded through state funds and local matching funds and are overseen by the Mississippi Department of Education.

Learn more about how we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the ELCs.

We know that kids who attend high-quality pre-K:

Enter kindergarten with stronger literacy, language, math, and social-emotional skills

Are less likely to need special education services, less likely to repeat grades, and more likely to graduate and enroll in college

See stronger employment opportunities and increased earning potential

Are less likely to commit juvenile and adult crimes